It’s here! Radio Today’s 30 Under 30 finalists revealed

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50 up-and-coming audio superstars have made the cut to be finalists in this year’s Radio Today 30 Under 30 list.

Finalists come from all departments in the audio universe including on-air, producing, podcasting, marketing, journalism, strategy and HR.

Regional operator Grant Broadcasters has four employees in the running, while Nine Radio gathered six and NOVA Entertainment has seven.

It was a close race between the radio giants, as ARN collected 13 finalist listings and Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) narrowly led the way with 14.

There are also entrants from the Super Radio Network, Acast, News Corp, Mamamia and Ranieri & Co.

The finalists’ entries are currently with our judging panel which includes radio executives, former on-air talent, leaders and marketers from across the country.

The winners, based on the judges scores, will be revealed on Tuesday, September 21.

Today is also the day the Readers’ Choice poll opens.

All 5o finalists below are eligible to win the Readers’ Choice Award, whether they make the final 30 list or not.

Voting for the Readers Choice Award is open now and will close on Tuesday, September 14. 

You can register to cast your Readers’ Choice vote here.

Radio Today’s editor and content director, Vivienne Kelly, said watching last year’s Readers’ Choice competition take off was a real highlight.

“Last year’s entrants got really into the Readers’ Choice competition and I can’t wait to see what this year’s cohort get up to,” she said.

“People really used their creativity and innovation to get votes, with the winner, Nine Radio’s Harnsle Joo, even getting on-air campaign support from Deb Knight and Ray Hadley.

“We’re really proud of this years finalists’ list, which boasts such a strong cross-section of companies, roles, skillsets and ideas for the future,” she added.

2021 Radio Today 30 Under 30 finalists:

Alex Tighe, podcast producer, ARN
Alicia Sarnacki, trade marketing manager, ARN
Alison (Ali) Jack, campaign ideas manager, Southern Cross Austereo
Ana Nasarre, national marketing manager – LiSTNR, Southern Cross Austereo
Andrea Thiis-Evensen, podcast producer, News Corp
Anthony ‘TonyB’ Badolato, announcer/sound designer, ARN
Arabella Adams, client strategy manager, ARN

Ben Davidson, producer and panel operator, 3AW Nine Radio
Bree Clements, producer & promotions – Ash, Kip, Luttsy & Susie O’Neill, Nova 106.9, NOVA Entertainment
Bronwyn Dojcsak, podcast producer, Southern Cross Austereo
Brooke Taylor, Hit Queensland Breakfast producer, Southern Cross Austereo

Clare MacAdie (Twigger), talent acquisition manager, Southern Cross Austereo

Ellie Petricevic, Breakfast newsreader – Nova 93.7, NOVA Entertainment
Emma Gillespie, host/senior podcast producer, Mamamia

Felix Bray, executive producer – 2GB Nights, Nine Radio

Gemma Maddox, announcer/music director – Hit104.7 + Club Lime music director + announcer on The Edge 96.1 (Hype on Demand with Gem), Canberra FM (The Hit Network/ARN)
Gemma Prendergast, national Drive producer – Kate, Tim & Joel, Nova, NOVA Entertainment
Georgie Nichols, events & promotions project manager, NOVA Entertainment

Helene Lambetsos, journalist & newsreader, Nine Radio

Jackie Lymn, journalist, Grant Broadcasters
Jacob Amarant, branding & promotions manager, Southern Cross Austereo
Jacob Pittolo, producer, 2GB, Nine Radio
Jake Powell, music director – Random 30 & Oz Made, Grant Broadcasters
Jenna Benson, digital content producer, ARN
Jessica Rouse, news director, 2HD and NEWFM Newcastle, Super Radio Network
Jimmy Manning, on-air announcer & studio producer, ARN
Jordon Lott, content development manager, Acast
Juan Estepa, integration specialist, ARN

Kerry Gregory, promotions manager – Will & Woody, KIIS Network, ARN

Lauren Turner, campaign specialist, NOVA Entertainment
Leilani Vakaahi, agency account director, ARN
Liam Armstrong, account manager, ARN
Liam Sommerville, production manager / 2EC Drive announcer, Grant Broadcasters
Lindsey Green, senior podcast producer, Southern Cross Austereo
Luke Anthony, integration specialist, ARN

Madison Agius, media sales coordinator, Grant Broadcasters
Marcel Marais, digital content producer, Southern Cross Austereo
Max Burford, sports presenter, Nova 91.9 NOVA Entertainment
Meg Van Lohuizen, journalist, Nine Radio
Mike Pearsall, Breakfast sport reader, Nine Radio

Olivia O’Flynn, associate partner manager, Acast

Poppy Penny, Breakfast announcer, Southern Cross Austereo

Rachael Hart, executive podcast producer, NOVA Entertainment
Renee Buckingham, producer, Southern Cross Austereo
Romy Sher, podcast producer, Southern Cross Austereo

Sally Cartmell, agency account manager, Southern Cross Austereo
Samantha Barsic, HR business partner, Southern Cross Austereo
Sophie Thomason, Brisbane integration manager, ARN

Tina Quinn, radio journalist, ABC & 2SER 107.3

Zach Kangelaris, sales manager, Ranieri & Co

Register to cast your vote for the Radio Today 30 Under 30 Readers’ Choice Award here.

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8 Sep 2021 - 11:38 am

Hey Viv
ARN is 13 unless you’re ignoring Gemmas work on the night Edge and Canberra Fm?

    8 Sep 2021 - 11:49 am

    Hi Lou,

    Definitely not ignoring Gemma, given she’s one of only 50 people to make this list.

    Good point though. I guess this brings ARN’s total to 13, although given she also works for Hit in Canberra (a JV with SCA and ARN), that probably tips SCA up to 14?

    Happy to have the debate if you think we’ve categorised it incorrectly, but more than anything we just want to spotlight the 50 individuals on this list.


8 Sep 2021 - 1:55 pm

Be a tight race fir the “80 Under 80” category


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